T19_Decision Making

The monkey decides whether the net direction of

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Unformatted text preview: ey decides whether the net direction of random-dot motion is in one of two directions—here, right or left. The ease and difficulty of the task can be controlled by varying the percentage of dots that are moving coherently in one of the two directions. The remaining dots merely appear and disappear at random locations. The monkey does not know beforehand what percentage of dots will be moving coherently or in which direction they will be moving. The experimenter determines viewing time Tim e motion, to the left for leftward motion, and so on. The monkey is also trained to handle stimuli with different directions, speeds, and locations in the visual field. To study sensory processing, the random-dot stimulus is placed in the receptive field of a directionselective neuron. To study decision making, one of the targets that signals the monkey’s commitment to a particular choice is placed in a neuron’s response field. (A) In the variable-duration version of the task, the viewing time is a random value drawn from an exponential distribution. The experimenter controls the duration of motion viewing. The monkey indicates its choice when the fixation point is extinguished. (B) In the response-time (RT) version of the The monkey can respond whenever he is ready Two variants of the dot direction task B Variable Viewing Duration experimenter controls viewing time Motion Saccade Response Time monkey controls viewing time Targets RT A Saccade Motion Targets Fixation Fixation e Tim F 88.1 Two versions of the motion task used to study decision making in monkeys. This task was formerly used to study the relationship between the properties of neurons in the visual cortex and the limits of perception (see Parker and Newsome, 1998). The monkey decides whether the net direction of random-dot motion is in one of two directions—here, right or left. The ease and difficulty of the task can be controlled by varying the percentage of dots that are moving coherently in one of the two directions. The...
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